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Thucydides
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Librivox recording of The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides. The History is divided into eight books.

Librivox recording of The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides  . W. R. Connor describes Thucydides as an artist who responds to, selects and skillfully arranges his material, and develops its symbolic and emotional potential.

These events occurred at the close of the winter, just before spring; and the fourteenth year of the war ended.

Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians .

Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, beginning at the moment that it broke out, and believing that it would be a great war and more worthy of relation than any that had preceded it. This belief was not without its grounds. First of all Pelops, arriving among a needy population from Asia with vast wealth, acquired such power that, stranger though he was, the country was called after him; and this power fortune saw fit materially to increase in the hands of his descendants.

Featuring Richard Crawley. Meanwhile the Peloponnesians at Miletus heard of the recall of Alcibiades and, already distrustful of Tissaphernes, now became far more disgusted with him than ever. Album The History of the Peloponnesian War (Book I). The History of the Peloponnesian War (Chap.

His book, now known as the History of the Peloponnesian War, is arguably the greatest extant prose work from the .

His book, now known as the History of the Peloponnesian War, is arguably the greatest extant prose work from the great fifth century BCE flourishing in Greece, a masterpiece of Greek political thought, and a revealing study of the first democracy at war. Thucydides is also generally understood to be the first scholar of international relations avant la lettre: Thucydides, paleorealist or ur-realist.

The History is laid out in 8 books, or chapters. We set ourselves to read one book per month, or 8 months in total. In the end we finished in 7 months, slightly ahead of schedule.

Indeed, while reading his History of the Peloponnesian War, it is not hard to see how so many theorists have . Thucydides died before the History could be completed. In Book One he begins by explaining the tone and intention of the book

Indeed, while reading his History of the Peloponnesian War, it is not hard to see how so many theorists have appropriated his work as an example of the everlasting realist qualities inherent in politics. Recently however, certain scholars have begun to doubt the realist commandeering of this ancient writing. In Book One he begins by explaining the tone and intention of the book. Whereas previous historical documents, such as those of Herodotus, were littered with incidents of poetic license or novelties, Thucydides states that he intends to write an accurate history, presenting and interpreting only the facts.

Thucydides' classic chronicle of the war between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404 BCE persists as one of the most brilliant histories of all time, marked by extraordinary writing and keen political insight.
  • Mr_Mix
This 2,500 year-old translated book (The History of the Peloponnesian War) is a wealth of details for the researcher or historical scholar but difficult to read and comprehend in its present form for the lay person. This reader began it after it was referenced in a more modern book entitled: “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” by Graham Allison; the book by Allison, I highly recommend; but not so much this ancient one unless one is a historian or researcher trying to get close to original source material. The text reminds on of a pre Gregorian calendar with reference to: “the fourteenth of the month of Elaphebolion; … and their allies on the twelfth day of the Spartan month Gerastius” The language structure was a bit cumbersome but the author (long since dead) assumes that the reader has a detailed grasp of the geography of ancient Greece. As an example part of the text reads: "The Lacedaemonians and Argives, each a thousand strong, now took the field together, and the former first went by themselves to Sicyon and made the government there more oligarchical than before, and then both, uniting, put down the democracy at Argos and set up an oligarchy favourable to Lacedaemon. These events occurred at the close of the winter, just before spring; and the fourteenth year of the war ended. The next summer the people of Dium, in Athos, revolted from the Athenians to the Chalcidians, and the Lacedaemonians settled affairs in Achaea in a way more agreeable to the interests of their country." Moreover, the author assumes that the reader is knowledgeable of all of the different city states and which alliances have been formed between various ones and how they change with time. The interested scholar could write an annotated book with maps and tables listing which city states were fighting against which other city states and how in tabular form this changes with time. As the war went on well more that (the first) ten year period before a break and then continued on, such a task with one or more maps is not trivial but would improve understanding of this historical (translated) original work. This reviewer was glad to have the manuscript available on a Kindle app; many words were sufficiently obscure as to be unknown to the reader, even so, some words were unknown to the Kindle dictionary or used in an archaic way such as “engine” or “trophy” or “embassy.” In any event it was a struggle to get through this book that capture the details of many years of battles involving many city states some with changing allegiances. Two alternative version might have wider appeal if written: an abridged version or an annotated version.
  • Wishamac
Thucydides (c.460-c.400 BC) was an insider during the Peloponesian War. He was an Athenian commander who was dismissed after his men lost a battle in spite of the fact of his previous successes. This book was an attempt at an honest historical assessment of the Peloponesian War which was not only destructive to the Athenians and eventually the Spartans, but the war was also ruinous to their allies. The important theme of this book is that Athenian hubris replaced practicle thinking leading to Athenian imperialism and war.

Thucydides investigated this war by examining battle sites, interviewing both Athenian and Spartan commanders, and inspecting the limited sources that existed for historians at that time. He was clear that the primary cause of the Peloponesian War was fear of Athenian imperialism especially among the Spartans and their allies. One should note that the Athenians not only made enemies of the Peloponeisan League (The Spartans and their allies), but the Athenians made enemies of those Greeks who were neutral but were driven by necessity to join the Peloponesian League.

An important part of theis book which is found in the Penguin Classics edition can be found on pages 242-244. Thucydides made some poignant remarks regarding how thought and language are corrupted during times of revolution and war. He comments that manners and civility collapsed during the Peloponesian War. He also warned readers that during such crises that thoughtful, intelligent men are destroyed because too many people are willing to commit violence on behalf of demogogues rather than engage in calm reflection. This is in line with the chapter on Von Hayek's THE ROAD TO SERFDOM titled "Why the Worst get on top."

If one follows Thucydides THE HISTORY OF THE PELOPONESIAN WAR carefully, they will discover that the Athenians had considerable power and wealth. Yet, Athenian arrogance and greed resulted in a useless war that resulted in the loss of Athenian power and wealth. This book is a microcosm of the adage that, "The bigger an empire is, the weaker it is."

This book is useful in examination of the catostophic wars and revolutions of the 20th century. George Orwell made comment on the corruption of language in his essays and novels, expecially 1984. Crane Briton cites Thucydides' book in Briton's book title ANATOMY OF REVOLUTION. In other words, while this book was written c. 410 B.C., this book is still timely which makes it a classic.